Multicultural Muses

Muses to Inspire Your Creativity

Multicultural, Elemental and Energy Muses by Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Like many Americans, my ancestors are a mixed bag: a rag-tag bunch of immigrants, gathered here from all over the globe. Irish, Welsh, and Scottish forebears I can claim, as well as Dutch, French, Cajun, and African ancestors. I lack any real racial identity — I am a potpourri, a crazy quilt, a melting pot in my own lovely body.

This has given me a healthy dose of curiosity about the faces and places outside the United States — cultures that aren't so homogenized, assimilated, pasteurized, and co-opted by huge corporations. I seek something different, something real and true, something raw and wild. Something brand new, or as ancient as old bones.

Muses all over the world have inspired creative souls for generations, since the dawn of humankind. I hope to smuggle them across the borders to inspire artists and writers a little closer to home.

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Multicultural Muses

Zarpandit: Ruler of the Moon and Night
Zarpandit, Mesopotamian Creator Goddess, rules the Moon and the Night. To connect with Zarpandit, Seed-Maker, wander in the woods as the moon begins to rise. Plant a garden of inspiration-seeds, and wait patiently to see what grows there.

Finding Yemaya: An Adventure At Home
Yemaya is an ancient African goddess of the sea who wards off despair with music, ritual, and celebration.

Ninsaba's Garden of Dreams and Delights
A journey through space and time to ancient Sumer to visit Ninsaba, the mysterious Goddess of Creativity, Education, Fate, and Agriculture. Ninsaba is known for her talents as an oracle and interpreter of dreams; she also brought science, architecture, reading, and writing to her people.

Invoking Leanan Sidhe: Dark Faery Muse of the Emerald Isle
Darkness can make a fascinating subject for an artist to explore. Try a little free-writing about shadowy subjects.

Following La Fauna: A Journey to the Heart
Fauna, an Earth and fertility goddess from ancient Greece. Encounter the wild one who dwells in your heart, and dance with her. Do not shut her out, or silence her. Do not fear her. Let her sing, and your heart will be whole.

Soaring with the Hopi Butterfly Maiden
Queen of Transformation, Metamorphosis, and Change. All creative endeavors begin alone, in the deep darkness. The artist must withdraw from the world outside, creating space in which to work the magic of transformation that is your true work in this world.

Seeking the Elusive High Desert Gnome: A Muse Close to Home
Gnomes do not seek dominion over all the Earth and every living creature. Their very existence depends upon and reveres the sanctity of wild places.

Sirens to Selkies: Mermaids as Muses
Mermaids symbolize abundance, creativity, wisdom, and renewal. Who are these strange creatures? What messages from the deep blue sea do they carry ashore? Includes a word pool, story starters, quotes, and inspiring Mermaid Tales to inspire your Selkie story telling and creativity.

Elemental Muses

Fire: The Fire of Inspiration: Pele
Pele is a creative powerhouse, with abundant energy for new inspiration. The element of fire has long been associated with creative inspiration, transformation, energy, intense emotion, and change.

Water: The Fount of Inspiration: Muses of Water
Muses and deities associated with the element of water and the creative arts. If the rain inspires you, or you find yourself exalted by the view of a river, write a poem or a story to honor these Muses from the natural world, and their many gifts.

Earth, Creative Bedrock: Standing on Solid Ground
The importance of allowing your creative work to be the foundation you stand upon.

Air: An Ugly Duckling Soaring with Swans
The air we breathe is like creativity itself — intangible, invisible, and essential to our very survival.

A Treatise on the Light: A Return to Joy After Walking the Dark Road Alone
How is all this possible, such limitless resources of both light and dark, such a mixture?

A Treatise on The Dark: Muse of Shadows
Answering questions about the dark side of creativity.

The Dancing Stones at Cornwall
The legends and mysteries surrounding the standing stones and megaliths at Cornwall.

Landscape as Muse
I got the idea for this article in the middle of a wild-assed Colorado hailstorm on a day in July.

Nature as Muse, Healer, and Guide
Throughout the ages, humankind has been inspired by the natural world.

The Chaotic Muse
There is a common misconception that art arises only from a lofty state of grace, in the rarified air of delight.

Fear: Muse and Motivator
It is time to look coldly and honestly at the things that scare us.

The Dream as Muse: Inspiration at the Stroke of Midnight!
The symbols, images, people and places found in my dreams are my richest source of inspiration, wisdom, and self-knowledge.

The Story as Muse
How can the stories of other writers — true or fictional — inspire and inform our own work?

Coming Home
What exactly is it, this place or concept of home?

Other Muses

Interviews with the Nine Modern Day Muses
Jill Badonsky's NMDM are a hip twist on the Nine Muses of Ancient Greece. Molly interviews Spills, Marge, Lull, Aha-Phrodite, Albert, Muse-Song, Audacity, Shadow Muse, Bea Silly, and Arnold (the Bodyguard)

How to Be Your Own Best Muse
Don't need no stinkin' muses? Try these 101 ways to delight and inspire yourself.

An Exclusive Interview with My Inner Muse | Part II
We journey into a strange, savage land, populated by artists everywhere — the creative soul's innermost chamber, secret sanctuary of the Inner Muse.